Monday, July 8, 2024

Celtics officially sign Derrick White to contact extension

The Celtics have announced that Derrick White has signed a contract extension, per a news press release Saturday afternoon.

While terms of the deal were not disclosed -- per team policy -- Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported last week that White's contract was a four-year, $125.9 million extension.
"Derrick is a great player who has immersed himself in the Boston community since joining us in the Spring of 2021," said Brad Stevens via a team statement. "Derrick brings a joy and selflessness to our building every single day. He's committed to improving and has shown that in each year of his career. More importantly, he cares most about the things that matter, including building great relationships and competing with integrity. We are very lucky that Derrick is a Celtic and are thrilled he'll be here for years to come."
In 73 games played (all starts), White averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.2 rebounds this past season, where he shot a career-best 39.6% from 3-point territory, while also being named to the All-Defensive second team two-years straight and finished eighth in Defensive Player of the Year votes.

White became only the second player in franchise history to average at least 15.0 points, 5.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in a regular season since Larry Bird did it twice during the 1984-85 campaign and again in 1990-91.

Throughout the Celtics 2024 championship run, White averaged 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.2 blocks in 19 playoff games, as the team finished with a 16-3 record. White is the only player in NBA history to register at least 300 points, 70 assists, and 16-or-fewer turnovers in a single postseason. The 6-foot-4 guard recorded the fifth-most blocks in the 2024 playoffs (23) and became the fourth guard in the league since 1971 to notch at least 20 blocks in multiple playoffs, including Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, and Dennis Johnson.

With White's extension and Jayson Tatum also officially signing the richest deal in league history, the Celtics have all five starters from the 2024 team under contract at least through the 2025-26 season.

So far, Boston has 14 out of 15 roster spots filled on standard contracts -- including their No. 30 overall pick in Baylor Scheierman also inking his rookie-scale deal over the weekend and Drew Peterson re-signing on a two-way contract as well less than a week into the off-season.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of The Associated Press

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